Talib Kweli

How Do Rappers Handle “Nigga” During the Rise of White-Dominated Festivals?

This past March in Amsterdam, Oddisee—a D.C. rapper whose music often wrestles with sociopolitical themes—had a surreal experience. During a performance, he spotted a white…
Brian Josephs / September 13, 2017

“He Thinks Like a Revolutionary”: Talib Kweli, Hannibal Buress, W. Kamau Bell, and More Share Their Favorite Memories of Dave Chappelle

Today, Netflix premiered two Dave Chappelle stand-up specials, Deep in the Heart of Texas and The Age of Spin, his first (and second) since 2004's For What It's Worth. The…
Brian Josephs / March 21, 2017

SXSW 2017 Gallery: SPIN Portraits with Danny Brown, Kelela, Mastodon, Lil Yachty, and More

For five days and nights at SXSW 2017, SPIN, VIBE and Stereogum hosted the Mazda Studio at Empire, featuring dozens of stand-out performances from established…
SPIN Staff / March 20, 2017

The 24 Best Bands We Saw in Austin (And Some Dogs, Too)

We just got home from SXSW, and saw more than 50 bands in the span of five days. Here's the best of what we saw.
SPIN Staff / March 20, 2017

SXSW 2017: The Best Live Music We Saw Thursday, Featuring Frankie Rose, Talib Kweli, More

As South By Southwest entered full swing on Thursday, the SPIN staff spent the day hopping between official showcases, the conference (where we saw Spoon's…
SPIN Staff / March 17, 2017

Watch Talib Kweli Perform a Surveillance-Themed Remix of “Get By” on Samantha Bee

This week's episode of Full Frontal With Samantha Bee featured a goofy segment on the U.S. surveillance state, specifically as it pertains to people of color under…
Andy Cush / December 16, 2016

The 50 Best Hip-Hop Debut Albums Since ‘Reasonable Doubt’

In honor of the recent 20th anniversary of Jay Z’s debut album, Reasonable Doubt, we’re publishing a series of pieces looking at the rapper’s singular…
SPIN Staff / July 1, 2016

Watch Amy Schumer Rap ‘Get Em High’ With Talib Kweli in Chicago

Comedian and Trainwreck star Amy Schumer joined rapper Talib Kweli onstage at their joint show (at Constellation) in Chicago last night for a performance of the…
Brennan Carley / August 26, 2015

Snoop Dogg, Talib Kweli, Mastodon, More To Appear On ‘Game of Thrones’ Mixtape

Before the most recent season of Game of Thrones, HBO put together a compilation of rap tracks themed after the show called Catch the Throne.
Colin Joyce / March 7, 2015

Talib Kweli Tells CNN’s Don Lemon How to Do His Job in Ferguson

Talib Kweli's known for being one of hip-hop's strongest wordsmiths not just because of his lyrical wit but also his political, cultural, and social —…
Colin Stutz / August 21, 2014

J. Cole Murders Miguel in ‘Power Trip’ Video, Talib Kweli Steals His Mojo for ‘Come Here’

Back in February we shared "Power Trip," a J. Cole song about obsession that features a clutch assist from Alt-R&B king Miguel. The track hails…
Chris Martins / April 9, 2013

Prince Will Let Other People Perform His Music at Carnegie Hall Concert for Charity

The Roots, Talib Kweli, Living Colour, and more will pay tribute to Prince for an annual benefit concert at Carnegie Hall on March 7, the New York…
Kyle McGovern / January 4, 2013

Labor Day Brings New Music From Lil Wayne and Gunplay (But Not Missy Elliott)

"You lazy bitches is fucking up the economy," Nicki Minaj raps over Kanye West's menacing "Mercy" keyboard plinks on a track from Lil Wayne's new…
Marc Hogan / September 4, 2012

Talib Kweli, ‘Gutter Rainbows’ (Javotti Media/3D)

Brooklyn rapper Talib Kweli has a talent for summing up ambitious concepts in powerfully concise phrases, whether it's 2004's The Beautiful Struggle or 2007's Eardrum.
Mosi Reeves / January 25, 2011

New Albums: Iron & Wine, Wanda Jackson + 19 More!

Here's our take on the best and worst albums available online and in record stores today:…
SPIN Staff / January 25, 2011
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